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How To Use The Degree Planning Tools

How To Use The Degree Planning Tools

To get the most out of the Degree Planning Tools, we recommend using them in the order shown below before meeting with your academic advisor each semester.

If you are a new student, your advisor will help you use the tools. Whether you’re a new or continuing student, always talk with your advisor before finalizing any decisions related to your major or graduate program.

Find Your Undergraduate or Graduate Advisor

Step 1: Degree Road Maps

The Degree Road Maps Answer the Question:

What courses are required for my bachelor’s degree? 

Each major has a Degree Road Map, a suggested sequence of required General Education (GE) and major courses to earn the bachelor’s degree.

Maps are available for freshmen (4-year plans), transfer students (2-year plans), and students who have completed an Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T and AS-T) from a California community college.

More than a list, your Road Map helps you to:

  • Complete your degree within 2 or 4 years.
  • Take classes in prerequisite order.
  • Identify courses that satisfy both GE and major requirements.

You can be confident knowing that your degree requirements for the catalog year in which you selected your major will not change.

Find the map for your plan and major on the CSUN University Catalog Degree Road Maps landing page. No login is required.

Step 2: Degree Progress Report/Planner

Degree Progress Report (DPR)/Planner Answers the Questions:

Which GE and major requirements do I still need to complete?

How long will it take to complete my degree?

With DPR/Planner you’ll check your progress and make a semester-by-semester plan to meet remaining degree requirements.

DPR/Planner, which changes over time to reflect your progress, delivers two tools in one:

  1. The DPR Audit, to monitor your degree progress each term. In the audit report, you’ll see:
    • Any courses you’ve transferred to CSUN and where they place into degree requirement sections.
    • Degree and major requirements you’ve already completed and those you still need to meet in order to graduate.
    • A printer-friendly “export to PDF” option.
  2. The DPR Planner*, to interactively drag and drop courses into a personal, semester-by-semester plan for meeting your remaining degree requirements. You can:
    • Experiment with different "what if" scenarios and majors.
    • Import your plan from DPR to Registration Planner in one click.

*At this time, DPR Planner is available to undergraduate students only, but the Audit is available to graduate students as well.

Use DPR/Planner to prepare for meetings with your undergraduate or graduate academic advisor.

DPR/Planner Login:

Log into myNorthridge from the CSUN home page with your CSUN User ID and Password. From the Academics tab, find the Academics Quick Links box and click the Degree Planning Tools icon. The Degree Planning Tools light box displays. Select the Degree Progress Report (DPR) option.

How to Use DPR/Planner:

These resources will help you become a “pro” at using DPR/Planner.

Videos:

DPR Audit – A snapshot of your progress

DPR Planner – Drag and drop courses to make your plan

How-To Guides:

Step-by-step instructions with screen shots:

  1. DPR/Planner How-To Guide for Undergraduate Students
  2. DPR Tutorial for Graduate Students

DPR Questions and Contacts:

Please see the FAQs on this page.

    1. Whom should I contact about the placement of courses in my DPR?

      That depends on the courses you’re asking about—GE or your major:

    2. Whom should I contact about technical problems running a DPR Report?

If you are having technical problems running a DPR, please complete a DPR Review Request.

    1. What is a Graduation Evaluation DPR?

When you apply for graduation, you will receive a special DPR audit clearly labeled Graduation Evaluation. It will list any remaining requirements for degree completion.

For assistance, see Graduation FAQs or contact Undergraduate Degree Services at uds@csun.edu.

    1. Is a Degree Progress Report (DPR) a transcript?

No, the DPR audit is not a transcript. It is not intended to report your achievement to outside parties. It cannot be released to a third party without your written consent.

The DPR/Planner tool does not show academic standing (i.e., good, probationary, disqualified) and might not reflect your most recent GPA. To view your current GPA, log into myNorthridge and select SOLAR Student Center > Unofficial Transcript.

Step 3: Registration Planner

Registration Planner answers the question:

How can I arrange the classes I want into a workable schedule?

Once you’ve identified classes for the coming term, use Registration Planner to create your preferred schedule.

With Registration Planner, you can:

  • Import classes you planned in DPR/Planner with one click.
  • Add breaks for work or other obligations.
  • Generate all possible schedules for desired courses in seconds.
  • Compare schedules side-by-side in multiple views.
  • Filter and search for online classes, certain instructors, etc.
  • Lock in a class section and generate other classes around it.
  • Check for course requisites and time conflicts.
  • Save favorite schedules.
  • Send a desired schedule to your shopping cart, ready to enroll.*

*Registration Planner does not enroll you in classes. You must finish by adding the classes in your cart.

Registration Planner is easily accessible in the CSUN mobile app!

Direct link: Registration Planner (login required)

How to Use Registration Planner:

These resources will help you become a “pro” at using Registration Planner.

Videos:

Registration Planner Quick Start

How-to Guides

Step-by-step instructions with screen shots:

  1. Registration Planner Basics
  2. Registration Planner Advanced Features

FAQs:

Registration Planner FAQs

Degree Planning FAQs

Questions about any of the Degree Planning Tools? The FAQs below will direct you to the right office, person or website.

  1. Who is my academic advisor?

    Your academic advisor is your ally in planning and completing your degree. If you’re a new student, your advisor will help you use the Degree Planning Tools and explain the placement of courses in your Degree Progress Report (DPR). Whether you’re a new or continuing student, always talk with your advisor before finalizing any decisions related to your major.

    Find Your Undergraduate or Graduate Advisor

  2. How do I transfer courses from other schools to CSUN?

    Before you sign up for a class at another school, make sure the course is transferrable! Read more about transferring GE and major courses to CSUN at Transfer Course Information.

  3. Whom should I contact about the placement of courses in my DPR?

    The answer depends on the courses you’re asking about—GE or your major:

     

     

  4. Whom should I contact about technical problems running a DPR Report?

    If you are having technical problems running a DPR report, please complete a DPR Review Request.

  5. What is a Graduation Evaluation DPR?

    When you apply for graduation, you will receive a special DPR audit clearly labeled Graduation Evaluation. It will list any remaining requirements for degree completion.

    For assistance, see Graduation FAQs or contact Undergraduate Degree Services at .

  6. Is a Degree Progress Report (DPR) a transcript?

    No, the DPR audit is not a transcript. It is not intended to report your achievement to outside parties. It cannot be released to a third party without your written consent.

    The DPR/Planner tool does not show academic standing (i.e., good, probationary, disqualified) and might not reflect your most recent GPA. To view your current GPA, log into myNorthridge and select SOLAR Student Center > Unofficial Transcript.

  7. Where can I view my current GPA?

    Although your DPR shows your Grade Point Average (GPA), it might not reflect your most recent GPA. To view your current GPA, log into myNorthridge and select SOLAR Student Center > Unofficial Transcript.

  8. How do I change my major or minor?

    To request a change of major or minor for a bachelor’s degree, please see:

    To change a graduate program degree objective, please see: Change of Objective, University Catalog

  9. When can I use Registration Planner?

    If you are eligible to enroll in classes, you can use Registration Planner several weeks before and after your enrollment appointment. The link is always available through myNorthridge Portal, so you can view which semesters are open.

    Helpful: Registration Planner FAQs

  10. Where can I get help with my degree and career goals?

    Unsure of your degree and career goals? CSUN is here to help!

    CSUN University Catalog - Explore majors , minors and graduate programs .

    CSUN Career Center – Find assistance and tools for:

    • Self-exploration
    • Choosing or changing majors
    • Making career decisions
    • Counseling and advisement
    • Parents and guardians

    Advising Resource Center (ARC)/EOP – “Explore, discover and decide.” For students who are exploratory majors and/or EOP participants.

Best wishes for exploring and finding your career path!